To the Editor:
We’ve had a tragic week here in Dewey Beach. The first ever murder in the town’s history has shocked and saddened all of us. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim and her four year old son for this senseless tragedy. Dewey Beach Police and The Delaware State Police have done yeoman’s work and we are grateful to them for their long hours and late nights .
As a community, we want visitors and residents alike to feel safe in Dewey Beach. Public safety has always been a top priority for our town. I will do everything possible to support our police and Dewey Beach Patrol/ Emergency Medical Services in making the streets as safe as possible.
We’ve recently had a long time resident’s house invaded and that has given us pause. Other members of the community have said there have been other incidents that are concerning. We need to examine what has occurred and take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the public’s trust. The Commissioners are planning a community meeting soon, but in the meantime I encourage any of you to contact me with your concerns. My contact information is on the town’s website.
In the meantime, I think residents and visitors should exercise the same common sense you would in any town. If you choose to drink, please do so responsibly, and please travel back to your lodging with a companion or in a group for increased safety. Do not leave your drink unattended at any time. I know bars and restaurants are required to exercise judgment in not over-serving patrons and I hope that they will re-double their efforts to monitor alcohol consumption by patrons and serve responsibly.
Dewey Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast and generations of families have stayed and played here taking home nothing but great memories. We pledge to keep it that way.
Mayor, Dewey Beach